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Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases

Read "Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The summer is winding down and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up. Given the quality of what is coming our way, we duly oblige.

Enjoy two hours of gorgeous new music, including some unexpected gems from the European jazz scene like the Austrian ensemble Little Rosies Kindergarten and the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Leonhart, Charles Lloyd and other great new releases

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Gorgeous music never stops. Case in point: the spectacularly beautiful new album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra, The Painted Lady Suite, destined to become a reference record for large ensembles, and the latest release by Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, Vanished Gardens.

This episode of Mondo Jazz spotlights those albums and other intriguing new ...

Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun

Read "Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Within any given city you might hear birdsong and church bells competing with buskers, car horns and stereos. Within the realm of Ben LaMar Gay's debut album we run a similar gamut of sonic experience. A cornetist and composer from Chicago's South Side, Gay has worked with Jaimie Branch, Makaya McCraven and Joshua Abrams among others. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Samuel Hällkvist: Variety of Rhythm

Read "Variety of Rhythm" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Somewhere Miles Davis and Teo Macero are smiling. Swedish guitarist Samuel Hällkvist has taken their approach and refined it for the 21st century. What Macero began, with a razor blade and hours of fragmented and seemingly disjointed studio sessions, turned into the infamous Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Hällkvist journeys a similar path, and most significantly here, ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marquis Hill: Meditation Tape

Read "Meditation Tape" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

"The universe and us are the same," proclaims legendary drummer Marvin Bugulu Smith between tracks on Marquis Hill's ethereally groovy Meditation Tape. Recordings of Bugulu Smith narrate the 7-track album by Hill, one of Chicago's foremost trumpeters. Hill describes the short record as a “beat tape," and it plays that way, a divine hip-hop vibe always ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marquis Hill Blacktet at Scullers Jazz Club

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Marquis Hill Blacktet
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA
August 26, 2017

We have a few places to stop and hear someone sling a horn in Boston, but Scullers Jazz Club has long been one of the best. It has better acoustics than the Regattabar, better drinks than the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition

Read "Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Is there such a thing as a Chicago sound? Back in the year 2000, a compilation was released that tried to portray a new and exciting musical scene. The album was called Chicago 2018... It's Gonna Change and it highlighted a brilliant mixture of free jazz, electronica, post-rock, art pop and experimental folk music. Of the ...

Jeff Parker: The New Breed

Read "The New Breed" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There are certain artists that you know you can always count on. Whenever they are involved in something, at least it is going to be interesting and often it will be great. Guitarist Jeff Parker is one of those artists.

It has been an undivided pleasure following Parker through his many constellations, whether ...

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NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

NYC Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 13-17, 2016

If you make the rounds in New York City on any night of the week, during any week of the year, there's always an abundance of quality jazz to hear. But when NYC Winter Jazzfest takes hold, the cup truly runneth over. This massive ...